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China denies N-first use

world Updated: Jan 08, 2011 01:00 IST

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China on Friday denied reports that it would consider a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it finds itself faced with a critical situation of a war with another nuclear state.

Terming the reports as "totally false' and "made with ulterior motives", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, "Since the very day China got nuclear weapons, Chinese government has made a solemn pledge never to be the first to use nuclear weapons at any time under any circumstance."

"China has lived up to this," the spokesman said.